22365432_1521976287894987_4366325042412204692_nThe 2018 Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Conference for Public Administration (SECoPA) will be held September 20-23, 2018, at the Sheraton Birmingham Downtown, Alabama. The conference will bring together over 350 academics, public servants, elected officials, public administration students and corporate and non-profit partners.

The Alabama Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) will be hosting the 2018 edition of SECoPA’s Annual Regional Conference as we welcome delegates to the heart of the South in Birmingham, Alabama, nominated as the “top 10 places in the South” (Southern Living Magazine) and one of the “52 places in the World to visit in 2017” (The New York Times). The Conference will be held at the Sheraton Downtown at 2101 Richard Arrington Blvd., Birmingham AL 35203 (1-888-627-7095). Within walking distance, the conference attendees will have the opportunity to experience the southern renaissance with world class restaurants, craft breweries, railway walk tours, and theaters.

Complementing the conference theme, we welcome submissions for paper proposals or professional presentations addressing cutting-edge issues and innovative ideas of scholarship and practice in public administration. Click here to review the tracks, topics and guidelines identified in this year’s Call for Proposals.

Proposals are due on or by May 15, 2018, and should be submitted online. Click here to submit a proposal.

Approval notification should be provided by June 30, 2018. For questions about the submission process and proposal topics, please contact program co-chairs Dr. Sukumar Ganapati (ganapati@fiu.edu) and/or Dr. Erin Borry (borry@uab.edu). For special topics, workshops, or program opportunities, please contact Conference Coordinator, Dr. Kathleen Hale (haleka@auburn.edu).

The Alabama Chapter of ASPA has setup a Conference Website (www.alaspa.org/secopa-2018) with complete information on conference location, hotel reservations, registration and sponsorship opportunities. For questions about conference sponsorship opportunities, please contact conference treasurer Brandon Blankenship (SECoPA2018@gmail.com) or conference chair Dr. Akhlaque Haque (ahaque@uab.edu).

For general questions about the conference, please contact conference chair Dr. Akhlaque Haque (ahaque@uab.edu).